Great Lakes Blackout Stout | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Blackout StoutGreat Lakes Blackout Stout

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by GreatPondBrewer on 11-30-2003

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4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Great Lakes Brewing Company's Blackout Stout last week for $2.89 at The Lager Mill. I've missed out on this beer for the past couple years so I made sure to grab a bottle for this years release, so lets see how it goes. Best by 3/14/14. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks ok, but it isn't too eye catching. It poured a nice black color that didn't let any light come through and it had two fingers worth of dark tan head that was bordering on being mocha colored and it died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left a good amount of spotty lacing behind. This is a pretty good looking RIS, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness followed by tons of dark roasted malts that impart a roasted, slightly charred, coffee and dark chocolate like aromas with no single aspect seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes a noticeable dark fruit aroma with some plum aromas seeming to stick out the most followed by a noticeable alcohol aroma that seems to be on the lighter side. This beer had a pretty good aroma, it was full of dark roasted malt aromas and it was very true to style.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a pretty high amount of medium sweetness followed by lots of dark roasted malts that impart all those nice roasted aspects that I got in the aroma with the chocolate seeming to stick out just a little more then the other flavors. Up next comes a light dark fruit flavor with no single fruit seeming to stick out the most and there's a light amount of noticeable alcohol that isn't warming. On the finish there's a slightly lower amount of medium bitterness with a very roasted malt and chocolate like aftertaste. This was a pretty good tasting beer, it wasn't too boozy and I thought it was very true to style.

M- Fairly smooth, rich, a little sticky, creamy, full bodied with a slightly lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty good and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty good beer and a very good example of the style, it had all the aspects that I look for in the style and I thought it was pretty easy drinking for a 9% RIS. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, rich, creamy, a little filling and the taste did a good job at holding my attention, I could drink a couple of these without getting bored with it and I think it's very drinkable for the style. What I liked the most about this beer was how true to style it was, it had all the aspects that I look for in the style. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, there isn't anything wrong or out of place with this beer. I would buy this beer again, I'm pretty sure I'll pick up another bottle and I might get one to put in the cellar, but I'm not sure this one will benefit much from aging since it's pretty smooth and tasty right now. I would recommend this to anyone who likes Russian Imperial Stouts. All in all I was happy with this beer, it was a straight up good RIS and it's up there as one of the better beers I've had from Great Lakes Brewing Company, it was smooth and it did a good job at holding my attention. Good job guys, this beer didn't disappoint, keep up the good work.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

[EDITED 12/4/15] Poured into a tall pint glass, color is black, nice tan head, good bubbles and presence, some lacing.

Aroma is sweeter chocolate and roasted malts, hints of plums, booze, no particular hop aroma.

Taste is on the sweeter side at first, slightly resinous, then dries out some on the tongue, flavors present as chocolate at first, quick to roast, coffee, light toffee; hop bitterness is noted, earthy and lighter pine flavors, but lighter than some RISs.

Mouthfeel has a very strong sweeter lasting flavor on the tongue, some resinous, sticky qualities, not quite cloying.

Overall, great presentation, aroma and taste, sweeter mouthfeel for stronger RISs, bug good for a christmas time strong stout.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Nice black color, little tan head, minimal lacing

Smell: Dark roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, some earthiness and spice

Taste: Some really nice malts up front, roasty and delicious. Some coffee and chocolate flavors in there. Some spicy, earthy hops, with a nice accompanying bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, low carbonation

Overall: Excellent beer, good example of the style. I'm happy to see the whole state of NJ get GLBC distribution, I really enjoy their brews.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The following notes are from a side-by-side tasting of the 2013 edition from a growler and the 2012 edition in a bottle. Scores are from the 2013.

Poured from a growler into a nonic pint glass
A: Pitch black, 1/2-finger head
S: Full of molasses, burnt espresso beans, roasted malt and a hint of cocoa
T: Matches the nose but with such intensity & complexity adding some bitterness. Honestly the finish may be the best part of this beer as it all crescendos into a rich, full mocha flavor that lingers forever
M: Full-bodied, a hint of carbonation, very well balanced
O: Wonderful beer, love drinking this each fall

2012 edition, best by date of 3/19/13 but aged until today, poured into a nonic pint glass
A: Pitch black, one-finger head (4)
S: Somewhat muted initially with burnt coffee and grain, adds fig as it warms up (4)
T: Like the 2013 but a bit sweeter... a bit less cocoa but adds fig, otherwise same dark coffee/grains. Still nice complexity/bitterness/balance (4.5+)
M: Ditto 2013 but a touch sweeter (4.5)
O: I doubt the 2013 will evolve to add the sweetness but interesting to compare the two as they are both excellent yet different beers (4.5)

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Great Lakes Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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